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Join Justin Seeley as he reveals how designers can create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups in Adobe Photoshop. The course covers creating a custom web workspace for maximum efficiency; drawing, coloring, and optimizing web graphics; creating vector shapes and text that scale seamlessly; mastering transparency; building navigation bars and buttons; and speeding up these tasks with the Photoshop automation tools.
Although Photoshop can handle video files, it's a great idea to just use something called a placeholder when you want to express where media is supposed to go in your web site designs. Otherwise you are going to wind up with some really big PSD files that won't be easily transferable from computer to computer, and you might actually irritate the developer that you hand off your designs to as well, because nobody wants a few-gigabyte file just because there's a video embedded in there somewhere. So in order to keep your PSD flexible and nimble, just use something called a placeholder. In this movie, we are going to be exploring how to build that right here.
So the first thing I am going to look for is this rectangle here. That's actually where the video is supposed to go. Now, technically I could just leave us alone and call this the video placeholder, but it's not very indicative of what I want to go here. It basically just looks like a black hole where nothing is. So what I want to do is use this as a guide. Remember, this is part of my original mockup to insert something on top of it that fits its exact form factor. In order to do that, what I am going to do is bring in something that's called a poster image. Most videos that you see online contain an image representing what is going be played when you click the Play button.
You see it on YouTube, Vimeo, all of these different sites, and that image is called a poster. And so what I'm going to do is actually bring in a file into Photoshop and use that as my poster image. So I am going to go File > Place, and I am going to find video poster.jpg and that's inside of my chapter 8 exercise files folder. I will hit Place, and it places it right in there. And I'm just going to line it up. It doesn't matter that it's not in the right stacking order right now. I am just going to line it up with that, and I'll shrink it down until it snaps right to the dimensions of that video placeholder. And I'll hit Enter or Return.
And now I can take this rectangle and I can actually throw it away. Since the video poster is part of the homepage, I can take that now and drop it directly into the content home folder. And since it's a Smart Object, I can actually go and edit that independently of this design. So let's do that now. Let's find video poster, which I just dropped into the content home folder; double-click on the layer icon; and that opens up in its own document for me. Now I am going to add some things to this to make it look more like a video.
So the first thing I am going to do is duplicate my Background layer, and then I will select the original Background layer. And I'm going to make black or a dark gray my foreground color, and I am going to fill in the Background with black using Option+Delete or Alt+Backspace on my keyboard. I could also just go to Edit > Fill and select black. And then I'm going to select layer 1, which is the robot, and I am going to lower the Opacity of this layer to about 70%. If you want to do that quickly, just select your Move tool and then hit the number 7 on your keyboard.
That will dim it down a little bit. If it's still too bright, maybe back it down to about 50%. That looks good. Now, I'm going to utilize my shape tools. So I will come over here, click and hold on the rectangle, and use Custom Shape tools. Then I am going to go into my shapes. Now I have already got all of the shapes loaded. Your shapes might look something like this. Let me reset them, hit OK. Just go up to the top, choose All, and hit OK. Now you have all of the shape tools available to you in Photoshop.
Now I am going to scroll down, and what I'm looking for is a rounded triangle to draw a play button. So once I scroll down, I am going to notice right here in the signs that I have this little guy right here, and I am going to select that to surround the triangle. It's called sign 3. And I will come out in to the canvas area after I close that up, and I am just going to draw out a triangle that looks something kind of like a play button, like that. And I'll take this and I will switch to my Move tool, and I'm going to bring up Free Transform, Command+T or Ctrl+T, and I'll rotate this until it's pointing to the right.
I might even shrink it up a little bit. It's okay. Hit Enter to commit, and I want to change the color, so I will double-click the layer thumbnail, turn it white, here we go. And I'm going to give it a drop shadow, so I will double-click out to the right, give it a drop shadow, set the Distance to 0, increase the size a little bit, back down the Opacity to about 60, and hit OK. So there's my play button. Now I am going to center this on the page, so I am going to use Command+A or Ctrl+A to select everything. Then I will just use the center buttons in the Alignment panel.
Now, I am going to go back to my Shapes, grab the Ellipse tool, and I am just going to hold down the Shift key and draw out a shape, something like this. I'll take that and drag it underneath my play button. Then I am going to make sure I have my Ellipse tool selected again. In the Options bar, I am going to set the Fill to None, set the stroke to white, and change the width of the stroke to something like 8 points.
Then I want the same drop shadow applied to this, so I will take the fx icon here, hold down my Option or Alt key, click, and drag. Then I'll release my mouse and release the Option or Alt key. Then I am going to switch to my Move tool and I'll use my arrow keys to nudge this into place so that it looks pretty good, something like that. Now with all this done, I'll hit Save. Since it was a JPEG, it's going to ask me to save it as a PSD file, and that's okay.
I will just save it to my Desktop for now and hit Save. Hit OK. There we go! Now, I will close this up. Now when I get back into Photoshop, you are going to notice that it doesn't update. That's because I didn't save it as a JPEG. So what I have to do, toss this away, File > Place. On my desktop, there's video poster, place it in, snap it to the dimensions, and there we go.
There's my video poster. It looks like I could just click on it and play the video right there. Now, one last little touch. I'm going to double-click out to the right of it. I am going to add a stroke, Inside, something like 5 pixels, change the Color to white, add a drop shadow, 45% for the Opacity, 0 for the Distance, 5 for the Size, and 5 for the Spread.
Hit OK. Now I am going to temporarily turn off my extras by going to View > Extras, and there you can see there's my video placeholder with a nice frame around it, just like the outside of my design, and it looks really good. So I started off with a plain JPEG and wound up with this nice media placeholder, which saves me a ton of space as opposed to actually embedding the video directly within the file. So the next time you have to showcase where media is supposed to go in your designs, try mocking up a small placeholder like this, as opposed to just interjecting the actual file.
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